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When the body is faced with irritants, damaged cells, pathogens, frostbite, burns, toxins, physical injury or infection, it responds with inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response and is characterized by swelling, redness, warmth, irritation and pain.

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself against harmful stimuli and beginning the healing process. Acute inflammation is the body’s initial response to harmful stimuli by increasing movement of blood to the inflamed tissues. Chronic inflammation is a prolonged inflammation that is marked by simultaneous healing and destruction of the tissue.

Inflammation can act as a signal that something needs attention. If inflammation did not happen, the infection or wounds would get worse and healing would not take place. Similarly, if inflammation happens and is not checked or treated, a host of diseases can occur.

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